The creative director of Franklin & Ben, Tracy Fong, told us that decorating a nursery can be daunting, and we couldn’t agree more. We’re so happy to hear this from an expert in design — it makes us feel better about the mini meltdowns we had while decorating our kids’ rooms. We asked Tracy what inspires her when she’s designing furniture, and her top tips for parents who are trying to create the perfect nursery.
What do you use as inspiration when designing the furniture?
I find a lot of inspirations in my travels. This year, I was fortunate to have attended the Milan Furniture Fair. I took close to 600 photos at the show and of building details along Via Montenapoleone, which is famous for it’s high-end fashion and jewelry shops.
How would you describe the aesthetic of the furniture?
The furniture, made from American poplar hardwood, is traditional with a modern twist. Franklin & Ben is classic New England furniture reinterpreted with a contemporary flair.
If you only had three words to describe the company’s products, what would they be?
Safe, thoughtful, stylish.
Which types of bedroom accessories/accent pieces do you recommend pairing with the cribs and dressers?
Definitely a modern glider or rocker from Nurseryworks. I also love mixing black and white photography in a nursery or classic storybook covers made into prints. I love this print of James and the Giant Peach from Logophilia.
When it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom, what are some tips you can give our customers?
Keep things simple. Keep it updated with a rocker, standing lamps, and pillows. Wallpaper is a good idea if you’re not sure how to decorate the walls. For safety reasons, remember not to hang anything above the crib — I see many nurseries with a bookshelf ledge above the crib!